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Itinerary 2: Albertvale and the edible gardens

Situated an easy 10km from town, Albertvale farm garden is a sprawling green woodland haven for edible, aromatic and medicinal plants and earth-friendly gardening practice. Kim van Niekerk will lead guided walks through the different areas of the garden at 10h00 and 15h00 each day (included in the gate fee). There will be a choice of five salads at the help-yourself lunch time salad bar on Fri and Sat. On Mon 23 and Tue 24 Oct she will run full day Cook’s Garden workshops including tastings and lunch.

Travel back to Bedford and pop in at Homeground (Duke of Bedford Inn) to visit the Atlantic Chef’s Garden and the Caltex Backyard Bio Garden. The larger of the two serves as a decorative feature in the hotel quad and also supplies fresh greens and garnishes to the hotel kitchens. The Bio Garden is a demo-project with a strong emphasis this year on introducing young gardeners to the benefits and bounty resulting from biological gardening methods.

Donkerhoek (in the Cowie Valley) is another mustn’t-miss for all interested in growing food gracefully. Almost self-sufficient, the poultry yard, chicken tractor and small cow-shed provide compost boosters as well as milk and protein for staff and homestead. All benefit from the bounteous harvest from large veg beds where plants are allowed to go past maturity so seed can be collected for the next season.

Back in town, visit the Township Garden Route where all participants are encouraged to grow vegetables as well as the flowers they love.

ALBERTVALE Kim & Ian van Niekerk 082 557 7178 Entry: R20

CHEF’s Garden Catherine Knox 082 932 8864 @ the Duke Entry: Free

BIO GARDEN Catherine Knox 082 932 8864 @ The Duke Entry: Free

DONKERHOEK Barbara & Michael Church 083 354 8841 Entry: R20

TOWNSHIP GARDENS Dr Lana Blom 046 685   Entry: Suggested R5 per garden

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